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Last Train to San Fernando - Harris Promenade, San Fernando

The Trinidad Government Railway existed between 1876 and 28 December 1968. Originally built to connect Port of Spain with Arima, the railway was extended to Couva in 1880, San Fernando in 1882, Cunapo (now Sangre Grande) in 1897, Tabaquite in 1898, Siparia in 1913 and Rio Claro in 1914.

BackgroundEdit

 
Railroad Map of Trinidad, 1925

The first attempt to establish a railway was a private affair in 1846 by the Trinidad Railway Company.[1] Trinidad Railway Company's very first steam locomotive was the "Forerunner" which was built by Hunslet of Leeds and arrived in 1864.[2]

OverviewEdit

At this, its greatest extent, the railway covered 173 km (107 mi).[3]

After the end of World War I, the appearance of the automobile led to changes that culminated with the phased closure of the railway April 1953 and 28 December 1968 saw the complete closure of the Trinidad Government Railways.

StatisticsEdit

The TGR appeared to have 640 route-km and was 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge.[4]

StationsEdit

The principal stations, termini and junctions are:

New railwayEdit

On 11 April 2008 the Trinitrain consortium was chosen to plan and build two new Trinidad Rapid Railway passenger lines. This plan was cancelled in 2010.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History". Public Transport Service Corporation on. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Real story of Engine D". Trinidad Express Newspapers on. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  3. ^ Anthony, Michael (2001). Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago. Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., and London. ISBN 0-8108-3173-2.
  4. ^ "Railroad Gauge Width". Parovoz.com. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Trinidad rapid rail consortium confirmed". Railway Gazette International. 11 April 2008. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011.

6. The pop song "Last train to San Fernando" was based on the final closure of the Trinidad Government Railway.